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The Sister Superior group is the bunch of crumbly looking towers farther down the same ridge that holds The Priest, The Rectory, and Castleton Tower. The tallest tower, Sister Superior, is amazingly thin and is the most popular summit of the group.

While Sister Superior is very close to Castleton, the views from Sister Superior offer much less evidence of man's footprint in the area. The hike is a little longer, and as a result these towers feel a little more wild than one would expect given the location.

Getting There

The approach to Sister Superior is different than the approach to the Castleton Tower group. There is an unmarked dirt road (the Ida Gulch road) about 9/10ths of a mile past the Castle Valley turnoff (driving from Moab). Turn off coordinates 38°41'32.3"N 109°24'36.7"W.

Take this as far as you can up the wash. There are just a couple stopper points, otherwise the driving is pretty casual. Most people seem to stop at one point where a couple large rocks block the way, but more skilled drivers and/or specialized vehicles will be able to squeeze past this point.

Wherever you stop, the trail to the towers leaves the wash at a few obvious cairns. It heads up to an obvious low saddle, then along another relatively level section before heading steeply uphill. If you think the hike to Castleton is difficult, stay away from Sister Superior. The trail will deposit you below the start of the route Jah Man. Queue up. here.;32.3%22N+109%C2%B024'36.7%22W/@38.6923056,-109.4123831,722m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d38.6923056!4d-109.4101944

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Classic Climbing Routes at Sister Superior Group

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5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Jah Man
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5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Black Sabbath
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Jah Man
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 5 pitches
Black Sabbath
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad 4 pitches
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the wasatch
bwillem   the wasatch
As of yesterday, the drive in (up the wash) is pretty rugged. I think only a tricked out jeep could make it. Recent rains may have contibuted to this.

From the pullout, it takes about 2 hours to hike car to base of climb. Nov 23, 2006
LeeAB Brinckerhoff   ABQ, NM  
I seem to remember seeing a bolt line going up the arete right of Jah Man back in about 1998 or 1999. Does anyone know anything about this? Sep 23, 2008
Tombo   Boulder
Last weekend we were able to drive a Subaru 1.6 miles up the wash. There's a pullout on the right at that point. It didn't seem to bad to me just a couple of tricky spots due to low clearance, of course it wasn't my car either. Oct 30, 2008
Casey Bernal
Wheat Ridge, CO
Casey Bernal   Wheat Ridge, CO
Last weekend the road was in pretty bad shape, probably from the heavy rain storms of the last couple years. Last time I was here it wasn't too bad and now it is a quite challenging drive.

I was able to drive most of the way up the ~2 1/4 miles to the start of the approach trail in a semi-stock Tacoma. There is a cruxy choke in the wash at about 1.8 miles in and there is a sketchy bypass around it. Probably better off with hiking in at that point.

The talus slope trail was in good condition. Oct 6, 2009
tom bohanon
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
tom bohanon   Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Can anyone tell me if there are any decent car camping spots along the road to Sister Superior, or are people camping at the main spot for Castleton?


Tom Bohanon Oct 15, 2009
Casey Bernal
Wheat Ridge, CO
Casey Bernal   Wheat Ridge, CO
Tom -
There is a "NO CAMPING" sign at the entrance to the drainage. I don't know if it applies only to that particular area or if it applies to the whole drainage. There is a flat bench with a fire ring on it, which is ~1.5 miles in.

Also, I would certainly not camp there (or probably even drive in) if there was a forecast for rain storms. I imagine it could take several days to get back out if there were a downpour. Oct 17, 2009
actually casey, i could imagine a really good downpour washing you out to the highway in about an hour in this drainage! Oct 19, 2009
Leo Paik
Westminster, Colorado
Leo Paik   Westminster, Colorado  
As of 5/4/11, the approach road was closed due to being washed out...according to a gent who climbed plan B, Black Sun. May 7, 2011
Jared Spaulding
Central WY
Jared Spaulding   Central WY
I drove up the approach road today (March 24, 2014) and was able to take a stock pickup truck to within a 15 minute walk of where the trail leaves the wash. At this point the was was blocked with a, what was for me, an impassable boulder. Wasn't too bad, just had to drive slow, but it was still quicker than walking. Mar 24, 2014
Is there a new, bolted sport line on Sister Superior?

After rappelling over Jah Man on May 3, we saw a bolted line to the right of it. The line ascends the arete of the formation and looked very new. We could tell there was a first pitch to it, also bolted, and a second pitch. We didn´t look for a third pitch. Anyways, we tried to climb the second pitch and simply couldn´t get up it. It was really hard for us. The first moves are totally doable but once you get over the arete, there is a couple of moves that we couldn´t execute. I´m trying to find some info on this line. Does anybody know? Is it still a project?
It must be hard to find partners for your project with that kind of an approach ;-) May 5, 2014
ejesse Jesse
Colorado Springs
ejesse Jesse   Colorado Springs
Mortiz, did you ever find any info about the bolted route on the arete? Mar 6, 2015
Flagstaff, AZ
JimmyK   Flagstaff, AZ
The first pitch that Mortiz is referencing on the arete just to the climber's right of Jah Man is very good and very challenging. I started in a crisp finger crack to the right of the arete. Climb left to the arete, then up the bolted arete. I had to aid the 13ish move low on the arete. Mar 12, 2015